61st Annual Conference

Friday, February, 27
Afternoon Workshops
3:00 – 6:00 P.M.

Workshop 74
Dog Assisted Group Psychotherapy for Adolescents



Paul Kymissis, M.D., FAGPA, Director of Psychiatry, The Children’s Village,

Dobbs Ferry, New York

Avril Lindsay, CSW, The Children’s Village, Dobbs Ferry, New York


Open to participants with less than four years of group psychotherapy experience


This workshop will explore the use of specially trained dogs in group psychotherapy in an adolescent program in a residential treatment setting. The role of the therapist and dog will be discussed and the effects on the group process of the presence of the dog will be further described. Participants will be invited to present their experience.

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Course References:


  1. Barba, B. (1995). The Positive Influence of Animals: Animal-Assisted Therapy in Acute

Care. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 9(4), 199-202.

  1. Mallon, G. (1994). Some of our Best Therapists Are Dogs. Child and Youth Care Forum,

23(2), 89-101.

  1. Senter, S., Ross, S. & Mallon, G. People and Animals: A Therapeutic Animal-Assisted

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